Striped Eel Catfish

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Striped Eel Catfish

This fish is known as Striped Eel Catfish and the correct latin name is Plotosus lineatus. The family that this fish belongs to is called the Eeltail Catfish family. (e) Origin of this fish is Indo-Pacific. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

Might be aggressive towards other species.

Striped Eel Catfish can grow up to 32 cm what is approximately 12 inches. In general, 1 specimen requires at least 3840cm2 of water surface which is approximately 595 square inch. This fish should be kept in aquariums that are large. (e) Medium aquariums have at least 113 Litres (30 US Gallons). Large aquariums have at least 265 Litres (70 US Gallons). Very large aquariums hold at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is not very difficult to keep the Striped Eel Catfish. (e) The specific gravity (SG) should be between 1,020 and 1,025, the temperature between 23°C (73.4°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). The recommended pH level is between 8.0 and 8.3 since marine fish are used to these levels in general.

This fish lives mainly in salt waters, but it can survive for not too long in fresh waters too. The tank should be large with sandy bottom. The best is to keep this fish alone in the tank as adults, younger fish need community. It has a venomous spine, so you should be careful.

P. Lineatus is a bottom feeder. It should be feed by sinking food which it will search for in the sand. The food may be frozen, fresh or flaked seafood. This is a carnivore, so the food should be meaty.

Striped Eel Catfish picture no. 1

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Thanks to Kenneth Leonard for the pictures. Copyright Ken Leonard.

Striped Eel Catfish, picture no. 6

Striped Eel Catfish, picture no. 7

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